Steelers move on Running Backs Quickly

The appearance of running back Steven Jackson in Indianapolis was one that drew more interest than expected. Representatives from six-teams converged on the standout running back from Oregon, with the Pittsburgh Steelers expressing an immediate interest in talking with the junior running back.

Pittsburgh, which is expected the face of their backfield this off-season, is seeking a running back that can carry the load for a team that lost it's identity in the 2003 season.

Sporting very good hands and speed for a man weighing close to 240-lbs, the Steelers have had Jackson in their sights since the beginning of the 2003 college football season. An impressive close to the regular season and exceptional bowl game has heightened the interest in Jackson.

Once thought to be solidly behind Kevin Jones from Virginia Tech in the running back rankings heading into the pre-draft season, Jackson is closing the gap on Jones and may be the best prospect at the running back position in this draft.

"Steven Jackson has the rare combination of size, speed, power, vision, receiving ability. This kid is a player and could easily be the best running back in the upcoming draft. All the talk centers around Kevin Jones, he is a great talent, but kids like Jackson and Chris Perry from Michigan are often overlooked," an AFC personnel evaluator said.

"Pittsburgh and New England has been on Jackson for the most part of a year, they have also been taking a close look at the Perry kid, don't be surprised to see them (Pittsburgh and New England) look in that direction this year at the draft."

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